Exploding Sax

Exploding Sax

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Danny Ray is an American  tenor saxophonist, known for his sax style, evolved from early punk rock and R&B roots and is a long-time contributing artist to the New York City music scene. He's long been identified with the moniker, "Exploding Sax".

Ray is currently performing, touring internationally and recording with New York rock and Americana singer/songwriter Jesse Malin, in the Jesse Malin Band. He also plays as a member of Mad Juana,[1] with rock bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, Jetboy, Demolition 23, New York Dolls), as well. Also plays with the Emily Duff Band, Alejandro Escovedo, Don Delego, The Waldos and a long list of other NYC based bands.

Performance historyEdit

A list of artists Danny Ray has performed with from 1975 to the present:

Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan and the Ugly Americans, Johnny Thunders, The Waldos, Walter Lure, Rob Stoner, Tony Garnier, Chris Spedding, Lydia Lunch, Anton Fig, Howie Wyeth, Lenny Kaye, Anton Fier, Mike Ness, Alejandro Escovedo, Richard Bacchus, Robert Gordon, Lydia Lunch, The Dickies, Brian Setzer (with The Tomcats), Wayne Kramer, Catherine Popper, New York Dolls, The Persuasions, D Generation, Jesse Malin, Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls, Captain Sensible, The Dickies, Bo Diddley, Roy Buchanan, Earl Scruggs, Bobby Steele, Burny White, Wild Bill Thompson, Steve Conte, Edward "Little Buster" Forehand, Kenny Margolis, River City Rebels, Seamonster, Andy Rosen, Spacehog, Six Gun Republic, Peter Missing (Missing Foundation), The Loveless, Philippe Marcade, The Backbones, The Senders, The Drossells, The Sheiks. The Emily Duff Band


The Sheiks

  • "Here Comes The Night" (1978)

The Senders

  • "The Living End b/w No More Foolin'Me" (1978) S.R.I. Records
  • "Retour A l'Envoyeur" (1983) Skydog Records
  • "Back To Sender (Revisited)" (1996) Skydog Records
  • "Goodbye Cruel World" (1999) Action Records
  • "Lost Hits" (1986) Skydog Records
  • "Outrageous and Contagious" (2010) Devils Jukebox Records

The Backbones

  • "The Backbones" (1986) Midnight Records
  • "Static Soul" (1986) Midnight Records
  • "Hanging Out at Midnight" (1984) Midnight Records
  • "Midnight X-Mess Part 3" (1987) Midnight Records

The Waldos

  • "The Waldos" (1994) Sympathy for the Record Industry

D Generation

  • "D Generation" (1994) EMI, Chrysalis Records


  • "Seamonster" (1986)
  • 'Here Come the Moon"

Devil Dogs

  • Title unknown (circa 1989)

Raunch Hands

  • Title unknown (circa 1989)

The Drossells

  • "Wild Knocked Out Crazy" (2003) Den Records
  • "Gotham Garage" (2003) Enoch Records

Six Gun Republic

  • "6 Gun Republic" (2001) United Snakes

River City Rebels

  • "Hate To Be Loved" (2004) Victory Records

Mad Juana

  • "Bruja on the Corner" (2008) Acetate Records
  • "Acoustic Voodoo" (2007) Azra Records
  • Fuzztones (Tribute Album) (2005) - "Illegitimate Spawn" with Mad Juana
  • Kumpania (2012) Backstage Alliance Records

Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls

  • "Jet Black & Beautiful" (2007) Stay Gold Records

Matty B and The Dirty Pickles (2008)

  • "Picklebilly"

Steve Conte and the Crazy Truth

  • "Steve Conte and The Crazy Truth" (2010) Varese Vintage Records

Stihleto (2013)

The Bleeding Hearts

  • "Divorcing New York" (2014 Slaphappy Records)

Jesse Malin

  • "New York Before the War" (2015 One Little Indian Records)
  • "Outsiders" (2016 One Little Indian Records)

The Waldos

  • "Walter Lure & The Waldos - Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo" (Aug 2018 Cleopatra Records)

Emily Duff Band

  • "Mr. Dollar & A Dime" (2018)


  • "Transatlantic Tales" (Sept 7, 2019 Tarbeach Music)

It's a pleasure to be able to pass on the ability to express yourself through a musical instrument. It's a finer kind of language that's understood around the world wherever I play and has brought me innumerable friendships. There's a magic about it. Though people may not speak a word of your language, they understand the music perfectly. Passing on my knowledge of how to do the same is a privilege.

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"... I soon found myself in 5 to 10 bands at a given time, recording, gigging small venues, performing big stage concerts and touring in the US, Canada, the UK, and all over Europe. I played onstage with Jesse Malin, Walter Lure, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Mike Ness (Suicidal Tendencies), Alejandro Escovedo, Gogol Bordello, Lucinda Williams, Lydia Lunch, The Dickies, New York Dolls, Ryan Adams, Captain Sensible (The Damned), Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers), Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry, Lucinda Williams, and many more..."

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